by Steve Wood
Catholic parents in America are asking themselves, “What will happen to my kids after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision?” My prediction is that the United States of America is about to take the last train out of town to a destination called Sodom. As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s declaration of the supposed constitutionality of same-sex marriage, I can’t shake the feeling that we are embarking on a path of no-return that will result in unimaginable consequences for our country, our culture, our families, and especially our children and grandchildren.Regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision, I’m afraid the battle over so-called same-sex marriage was lost forty-eight years ago. In the landmark 1967 decision Griswold v. Connecticut, the Court declared it had discovered an unwritten “right to privacy” in the Constitution that it used to overturn a Connecticut law against the sale of contraceptives. The next year Pope Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae [On Human Life], the encyclical reaffirming the Church’s timeless teaching against the use of birth control. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical was met with widespread dissent followed by forty years of cowardly silence by most of those called to speak truth. The salt lost it saltiness (Matthew 5:13) when it came to the key twentieth-century issue on sexuality.Once procreation was separated from marriage due to widespread acceptance of birth control, it wasn’t too long until sex itself became separated from marriage resulting in the sexual revolution. Millions were asking, “Who needs marriage in order to have sex?” The Bible says that God removes restraints from societies that persist in licentious heterosexual lust to do that which is against nature, namely lesbian and homosexual acts (Romans 1:18-32). After the 60s sexual revolution festered for a generation we are now entering the terminal phase of degeneracy with ever increasing acceptance of sodomy and so-called same-sex marriage.According to Gallup, 70% of young adults between 18 and 24 feel that same-sex marriage should be legal. A Knights of Columbus survey of the same age group found that fully 63% of Catholic young adults said same-sex marriage was moral. Only 37% of Catholics ages 18 to 34 said same-sex marriage was immoral. Bottom line, we have lost the future of this battle because we have lost the youth. You can hold rallies, mass marches, protest, send postcards and emails to your congressman, vote so-called pro-family Republican, and watch Fox News 24/7, but if you don’t have the youth you don’t have the future. It’s that frighteningly simple.What will the world be like that our children and grandchildren will be growing up in? Although it takes time for corruption to spread, sodomy can spread with amazing speed in a morally restraint-free society. Read Genesis 19:4 slowly and carefully. The sin of unnatural lust (homosexuality) had spread to every man in Sodom including all the young men. Lot was a righteous man vexed by Sodom’s immorality, but his sons-in-law thought he was joking when he warned them of God’s impending judgment (Genesis 19:14). Ruth Graham, the wife of the Reverend Billy Graham, once said, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” I agree wholeheartedly and I’m not joking.Lot departed Sodom but he left behind his sons-in-law and he also lost his wife who longingly turned to look back at the destructive blast that engulfed Sodom. Even though Lot did manage to get his two daughters out of Sodom, he didn’t manage to get Sodom out of the hearts of his daughters. Shortly after Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Lot’s daughters got him drunk and committed incest with him.If you are a parent reading thus far, then I urge you to flee from the lies of false religious teachers who say that Genesis is just a pious poetic myth. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a solemn historical warning. In the New Testament, Jesus, St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. Jude refer to a historical Sodom. St. Jude and St. Peter in their respective epistles explicitly warn the Church that the historical events about Sodom and Gomorrah should be heeded by Christians (2 Peter 2 and Jude vss. 7-17).Parents be warned: along with the societal acceptance of same-sex marriage, homosexual activists are seeking universal corruption of children through diversity training in government schools and explicit sex education stemming from “health” mandates. The Catholic Haydock Study Bible footnote at Genesis 19:4 says, “The whole city was corrupt; even the children were taught iniquity, as soon as they came to the years of discretion.” What happened to the young in Sodom will happen to the children in America, though I doubt they’ll wait until the years of discretion to corrupt American kids.Parents please listen carefully: It’s time to get your kids out of government schools. You have two options: Catholic homeschooling, or good Catholic schools.Notice that I emphasized good Catholic schools. A 2013 Barna Survey entitled, “The Spiritual Journeys of Young Catholics” found that “among those who attended a Catholic or faith-related school growing up, 65% said they have some misgivings about the church’s stance on sexuality and birth control, slightly above the average.” The fact that almost two-thirds of those attending a Catholic school end up with misgivings about Church teaching on sexuality means that there are a whole lot of Catholic schools that are failing in their mission and that is what you want to avoid.If there isn’t a good affordable Catholic school where you live and you can’t homeschool for whatever reason, then move. Consider some place like Lincoln, Nebraska where Catholic education is orthodox and affordable from kindergarten through high school. Abraham moved his family away from Sodom, while Lot moved toward Sodom and eventually moved his family to downtown Sodom. Lot completely lost a legacy of faithful descendants. In stark contrast, you can read about Abraham’s family legacy in Matthew chapter one.I realize that this article is like cold water splashed on the face. While it’s tempting to only want happy Catholic news, sometimes a cold water wake-up call is exactly what we need. There’s a war going on for millions of souls.In future articles, I’ll be sharing more practical suggestions for parents and those assisting families to deal with our cultural situation. I’ll also be sharing about some major changes we are making at the Family Life Center. For now, let me close with one question that can become a practical action step that I’d recommend to every men’s group, every Knights of Columbus chapter, every conference organizing team, every radio station, every apostolate, and every parish planning committee: “What can we do to help Catholic children, youth, and those in the 18 to 34 age group, especially young men, keep the Faith in an age of apostasy?”This article is adapted from the April 2013 Dads.Org newsletter. Free sign-up here.